James Philip Hare


About James Philip

  • Name
    James Philip
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
    Thiepval Memorial
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    8 March 1917
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Boot and Shoe Finisher

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Essex Regiment


James Hare was born in Norwich around 1896. He was the youngest of nine children of Fred and Charlotte Hare. His father was a carpenter.

In the 1901 census James, aged 4 was living at 131 Churchill Road, Norwich with his parents and seven siblings ranging in age from 4 years to 23 years. By 1911, the family had moved to 22 Woodhouse Street, Norwich, Charlotte had been widowed and was still living with five of her children. Before joining the Army, James was employed as a boot and shoe finisher.

Private Hare joined the Norfolk Regiment and later transferred to the 10th Battalion Essex Regiment.  He passed through Peterborough East Station on 15 October 1916 and wrote in the visitors’ book “just a line to thank the two youngs lady’s for there great kindness toward me last night”. He was killed in action on 8 March 1917 at Ancre, Somme, just five months after passing through Peterborough. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

His mother received £2.17s 6d and a War Gratuity of £4.0s.0d in 1919.

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